Oh, get your minds out of the gutter, people! I'm talking science here.
I just read this article about some research that demonstrates the human brain "...is the anthropoid equivalent of the peacock's tail. In other words, it is an organ designed to attract the opposite sex."
At first I thought, cool! Perhaps my intelligence might is actually working in my favor (despite all evidence to the contrary, being that I'm 34 and nowhere near happily paired off for life).
But then I got towards the bottom of the article and saw some of the conclusions the researchers made:
"These two studies support the idea, familiar from everyday life, that what women want in a partner is material support while men require self-sacrifice."
It concludes by saying "As the old saw has it, faint heart never won fair lady. On the other hand a soft heart, it appears, wins a gentleman."
Hmmm.....I can't decide if this is a terribly depressing, offensive, or simply a "no duh!" conclusion. Maybe a little bit of everything?
Should I get back into volunteering? I don't recall men knocking down my door when I was mentoring a middle school student. Or raising money for the American Cancer Society. Perhaps I should have been offering to do their laundry instead. That is self-sacrifice I'm not sure I'm interested in. But then again, if there was adequate "material support" maybe I'd consider it! Kidding (I think)!